English majors hone the writing, reading, speaking, and critical thinking skills that are essential for life beyond the university. Rather than providing a single, linear career path, the English major gives graduates the flexibility to compete in a rapidly-changing economy and to adapt to working with emerging technologies and new media. With an English major, students can pursue nearly any kind of graduate study, and our graduates have earned advanced degrees in law, medicine, library science, counseling, business, teaching, journalism, and many other fields. To learn more about job possibilities for English graduates, check out this PDF handout.
ENGL 4999 is a one-credit free elective course offered each fall. In this course, students explore career and graduate school options; prepare resumes, cover letters, writing samples, and their senior portfolios; and reflect on the skills they've developed as English majors.
A part of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, The Career Center assists students and alumni in planning for life after graduation. The Center provides career counseling, workshops, programs, and professional development for all ECU students. Counselors in the career center help students to locate opportunities, use databases, prepare cover letter and resumes, and identify promising careers. You can make an appointment with the career counselor who works with English majors, Jessie Langley, by calling 252-328-6050. The Career Center is located at 701 E. Fifth St. You can also view a Powerpoint presentation on Career Center resources for English majors.
English 4890 & 4891: Practicum: Careers in Writing
In these internships you learn about the kinds of careers available to English majors. They provide on-the-job experience in the fields of writing and communication, and they offer opportunities to work with committed professionals. Our students have interned with Pitt County Arts Council, Stop Human Trafficking of Eastern NC United Way of Pitt County, Carolina Style Magazine, Cornerstone Leadership Academy, and Irons Law Firm. Within ECU, they have worked with the North Carolina Literary Review, Tar River Poetry, University Writing Center, ECU Marketing and Communication/Office of Admissions, and the Donne Variorum and the Digital Donne project.
The English department provides assistance with placement and guidance throughout the internship process. Other benefits of these for-credit internships include:
A student can earn 6 semester hours (s.h.) towards the major or minor by completing both ENGL 4890 and ENGL 4891, but most undergraduates complete only 3 s.h. ENGL 4890 and ENGL 4891 are available as web-based campus courses. Each course is 3 s.h., and includes 140 hours of on-the-job work with a significant writing component. Courses may not be repeated.